Charity £2,300 boost from birthday bash

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A fundraising event at the Bridge Inn raised £2,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society after local man Ken Danby decided that instead of presents for his birthday, he’d like to raise money for charity instead.

Landlady at the Ruswarp pub, Sue Chilton and Kirsty Haunch, who works for CIN Yorkshire and the Humber and has a keen interest in dementia care, decided to help – word spread and it became a collaborative production.

Kirsty said: “Many of the locals got involved to help us raise money. Paul Wilson donated a marquee so people could stand outside.

“Local band The Northern Monkeys donated their time and played for us on the night.

“A number of local businesses donated prizes for our prize draw, the grand prize being a 43inch TV donated by John Noble.

“Spiders, Beacon Farm, The Grosvenor, Milberry Hill also donated brilliant prizes. “

Many people donated prizes for the tombola while Sue also gave all proceeds from the food and £200 of the drink proceeds to the total.

“The event was not only about raising money however, it was also about raising awareness and busting myths about dementia,” said Kirsty.

“I created ‘did you know’ fact cards to educate people about dementia and in the absence of a cure I showed people how they could support people to live well with the condition. This included the use of music, sensory stimulation and reminiscence.

“It was a great night and we raised a whopping £2,300 – all proceeds will be donated directly to the Alzheimer’s Society. We are already planning the next big event, going bigger and better. We are thinking of a mini festival.”